Intuition by Allegra Goodman

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Hailed as “a writer of uncommon clarity” by the New Yorker, National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman has dazzled readers with her acclaimed works of fiction, including such beloved bestsellers as The Family Markowitz and Kaaterskill Falls. Now she returns with a bracing new novel, at once an intricate mystery and a rich human drama set in the high-stakes atmosphere of a prestigious research institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sandy Glass, a charismatic publicity-seeking oncologist, and Marion Mendelssohn, a pure, exacting scientist, are codirectors of a lab at the Philpott Institute dedicated to cancer research and desperately in need of a grant. Both mentors and supervisors of their young postdoctoral protégés, Glass and Mendelssohn demand dedication and obedience in a competitive environment where funding is scarce and results elusive. So when the experiments of Cliff Bannaker, a young postdoc in a rut, begin to work, the entire lab becomes giddy with newfound expectations. But Cliff’s rigorous colleague–and girlfriend–Robin Decker suspects the unthinkable: that his findings are fraudulent. As Robin makes her private doubts public and Cliff maintains his innocence, a life-changing controversy engulfs the lab and everyone in it.

With extraordinary insight, Allegra Goodman brilliantly explores the intricate mixture of workplace intrigue, scientific ardor, and the moral consequences of a rush to judgment. She has written an unforgettable novel.


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About Allegra Goodman

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Allegra Goodman's novels include Intuition and Kaaterskill Falls. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and Best American Short Stories. She is a winner of the Whiting Writer's Award and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.AllegraGoodman.com or become a fan on Facebook.
 
Published February 28, 2006 by The Dial Press. 400 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The New York Times

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An ambitious, down-on-his-luck postdoctoral researcher suddenly obtains results that look too good to be true in Allegra Goodman's novel.

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The Guardian

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Probably not, but I couldn't help but feel that the enormous effort Goodman has poured into her sharply delineated cast of malcontents came at the expense of the plot, which can occasionally seem muted and disengaged, so that this penetrating novel stops short of being quite as thrilling as it sh...

Mar 29 2009 | Read Full Review of Intuition

The Guardian

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Appearing in the wake of recent scientific scandals such as the exposure in 2006 of the Korean researcher Hwang Woo-Suk's fraudulent claim to have cloned human stem cells, this provocative novel, longlisted for the Orange prize, poses some intriguing questions about scientific misconduct.

Mar 28 2009 | Read Full Review of Intuition

Book Reporter

Exchanging the close-knit Jewish community of her National Book Award-nominated KAATERSKILL FALLS for the collegially cutthroat scientific community, Goodman shifts her focus from religious and spiritual issues to exploring faith of a different kind --- faith in others, faith in ourselves, and mo...

Feb 28 2006 | Read Full Review of Intuition

AV Club

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However right Robin might be to raise her questions, Goodman clouds the purity of her motives and suggests that Robin might not even be able to admit them to herself.

Apr 11 2006 | Read Full Review of Intuition

Entertainment Weekly

No one writes 19th-century novels about 20th — and now 21st — century America better than Allegra Goodman, whose omniscient narrators and impeccably polished storytelling seem borrowed from an era when authors were expected to issue cool moral judgments rather than exorcise inner demons.

Mar 01 2006 | Read Full Review of Intuition

USA Today

In Intuition, the seemingly sterile world of scientific research bubbles with doubts, deception and burgeoning emotions.Plot details aside, Intuition is a fascinating excavation into what happens when lies surface in the workplace: how suspicion evolves into conspiracy theory, how the whistle-blo...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Diane Scharper NY Times Book Review 3 of 5 Stars "The absolute truth, she implies, is less important than the relative truth … Goodman is mixing up the novel’s messages, and doing this so vigorously that her moral compass seems to spin around, depolarized."

Aug 28 2007 | Read Full Review of Intuition

CNN.com

(Entertainment Weekly) -- No one writes 19th-century novels about 20th -- and now 21st -- century America better than Allegra Goodman, whose omniscient narrators and impeccably polished storytelling seem borrowed from an era when authors were expected to issue cool moral judgments rather than exo...

Mar 01 2006 | Read Full Review of Intuition

The Jewish Chronicle

But Cliff's ex-girlfriend Robin, frustrated by the failure of her own research and resentful at being reassigned, begins to smell a rat amid Cliff's rodentian researches.

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